Ocean Cruise Expeditions

The Antarctic Odyssey

  • Duration 21 Days | Montevideo to Ushuaia
  • From $25,900 AUD
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Trip Overview

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PONANT invites you on an extraordinary 21-day adventure in the Antarctic. You will board Le Lyrial for an all-new polar expedition cruise with an extremely rich itinerary that will take you from Montevideo to Ushuaia.

First, you will chart a course for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty and lush moors are sure to captivate you, before heading to South Georgia, its impressive glaciers and its black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence.

Your ship will then make its way to the South Orkney Islands. These mountainous islands where impressive glaciers dominate the landscape are a major nesting site for chinstrap penguins and a favourite hunting spot of leopard seals.

On the final leg of your epic adventure, discover the Antarctic Peninsula, realm of the unexpected. There, weather and ice conditions permitting, you will most likely get the chance to see Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds, against a grandiose backdrop of icebergs, ice floe, and ages-old glaciers.

After crossing the mythical Drake Passage, you will disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

Trip Highlights

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • The most comprehensive of our cruises to the Antarctic: the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Discovery of the South Orkney Islands.
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Landscapes: moors scattered with moss and lichen, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the Falkland Islands; alpine landscapes, lush green plains and suspended glaciers in South Georgia; glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the South Orkney Islands; drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Wildlife: black-browed albatrosses, snowy albatrosses, Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins and southern rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands; king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia; humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals and Weddell seals in the Antarctic Peninsula; leopard seals, chinstrap penguins, Adelie penguins and Gentoo penguins in the South Orkney Islands.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

 

Itinerary - 21 Days

Day 1 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, is one of the most charming cities in South America. Enjoy its beautiful heritage from the Spanish rule: the Ciudad Vieja, formerly fortified, dating back from the 18thcentury; the cathedral and the former governmental palace of the Cabildo, both listed historical monuments. Located in a vast blue bay, the city is also blessed with beautiful beaches.

Days 2 ,3 & 4 AT SEA

Le Lyrial is an innovative and environmentally-friendly ship that embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. Thesedaysat sea will give you the chance to explore the ship and enjoy all the services and activities on board.

Day 5 GRAVE COVE AND THE NECK, FALKLAND ISLANDS

Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the quietnessof Grave Covein the Falkland Islands. With its landscape of cliffs and white-sand beaches, it’s also a paradise for wildlife. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to spot some Commerson's dolphins, a few sheep in its interiorvast plain of lush green grass, and one of the largest Gentoo penguin colonies in the areaon the other side of the island. You’ll also cross the Neck,a narrow stretch of land connecting the two sides of Saunders Island. With our experienced naturalist guides, you’ll explore this paradise of endless shoreline and turquoise watersand its unique wildlife.

Day 6 VOLUNTEER POINT, FALKLAND ISLANDS

Named after the ship, the Volunteer, Volunteer Point is located in the northeast of East Falkland. The peninsula boasts a stunning, long, white,sandybeach and is home to a variety of birdlife. It is a privately owned Nature Reserve and an Important Bird Area. You can also find the largest breeding group of king penguins.

Days 7, & 8 AT SEA

During thesedays at sea aboard Le Lyrial you’ll have a unique, intimate and comfortable experience. Be tempted by the swimming pool, the great conferences or shows going on, do some boutique shopping or simply enjoy the views from the upper deck.

Days 9, 10 & 11 SOUTH GEORGIA

Discover South Georgia aboard your ship, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. Be enchanted by the unique polar landscapes of the area all the wildlife of the Far Souththat can be foundthere, from king and Gentoo penguins to elephant seals and fur seals.

Day 12 AT SEA

Enjoy the wide array of activities and entertainment on board during this day at sea. From treating yourself in the spa to exercising in the fitness centre or having a swimin the swimming pool, there’s a choice for everyone. You can also enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, or simply visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment

Days 13 & 14 SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS, ANTARCTICA

Hidden in the Southern Ocean close to the Antarctic Peninsula and discovered by seal hunters in 1821, these far-flung mountainous islands have more than 85% of their surface glaciated. Despite the ravages caused by whale and seal hunting, today a sizeable leopard seal population can be found there, along with chinstrap penguins and snow petrels. One of its four main islands, Laurie Island is home to an old scientific station that is still in operation.

Day 15 AT SEA

Enjoy your last day at sea making the most of all the services Le Lyrialoffers. If there are still some activities for you to try, you will be able to do it during this day at sea. Remember to check the shows and activities programme, as it offers different and unique experiences every day. If you haven’t done so yet, try visiting the National Geographic photographers and experts on board to make the most of your experience.

Days 16, 17 & 18 ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Finally you’ll arrive to the Antarctic Peninsula, a place like no other. Enjoy the magic of this icy realm, which promises visitors unforgettable moments. Surrounded by incredible natural creations of blue and white, you’ll be fascinated by the exceptional wildlife. Based on iceand weatherconditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings to discover the endlesstreasuresof the Antarctic Peninsula. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Days 19 & 20 CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage, locatedat the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, is the shortest route to Antarctica, and it’s one of the roughest seas in the world.Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! Drake Passage also harbours a very diverse marine fauna, due to its convergence ofcold currents rising up from the South Pole andwarmer equatorial water masses.

Day 21 USHUAIA

Located in the southernmost tip of Argentina, the capital of Tierra del Fuego provincewon’t disappoint you. Discover Ushuaia’scolourful houses framed against snow-capped towering mountains. Head tothe End of the World Museum to learn about the area's natural and indigenous history, get into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, orcruise alongUshuaia Bay to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

 

EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIPS

National Geographic Expeditions has carefully chosen world-leading travel partners to create extraordinary travel experiences. Each expedition offers guests our unique access, knowledge and the ability to give back by supporting the National Geographic Society.

Our Ocean Cruise Expeditions are offered in partnership with PONANT. To learn more about the itinerary, explore the PONANT ship or secure your spot, click here.

*Welcome Offer: A$800 saving is in Australian Dollars (AUD), per stateroom based on a double occupancy, A$400 per stateroom for single occupancy. Offer valid for guests travelling with PONANT for the first time. Offer is not redeemable for cash, not retroactive, and not combinable with any other offer, unless stated otherwise. Valid for bookings made before 15 July 2019. Conditions apply.

^PONANT discount is subject to change based on availability. PONANT Bonus fare is per person, in Australian Dollars (AUD), based on double occupancy, including port taxes, is yield managed and correct at time of writing - 11/06/2019. Refer to au.ponant.com for full terms and conditions.

The Antarctic Odyssey

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